February 19th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
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Clinton, Obama camps: No plans to poach pledged delegates

(CNN) - The campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are both denying they might look to woo “pledged delegates” earned by their opponent in primary and caucus contests.

"We have not, are not, and will not pursue the pledged delegates of Barack Obama," Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson told reporters in a conference call. The Obama campaign also denied they would consider the tactic.

Over the past few weeks, the battle between the two sides over “superdelegates” – Democratic elected officials and party leaders who are free to support any candidate they wish at the party’s presidential nominating convention – has captured the headlines.

So far, “pledged delegates,” which are awarded proportionately based on election results, have not been considered in play.

Pledged delegates are typically strong supporters of the candidate they represent at the convention - although they are technically not bound to cast their vote for that candidate.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. bean counter, Motor City, MI

    This makes me long for the days of order in our elections. You know, like Florida in 2000.

    Hillary is going to "steal" this election. It isn't going to be pretty and will make 2000 look like petty theft.

    February 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. uchujin

    Are you an idiot Geminiani? Or are you just another feminista blindly supporting Billary????? 40% of Michigan voters voted "Undecided" because Obama, by agreement and edict of the DNC, never campaigned or for that matter even got his name on the ballot. Likewise he never campaigned in Florida because it was agreed not to. Yet Hillary although she wasn't "campaigning" was making appearance in Florida just before the vote. Typical two-faced, revisionist BS from the Clinton camp....phony, disingenuine, untrustworthy.....are there any other adjectives that accurately describe HRC that I've left out??? Oh, crybaby, whiner. As an independent, there is one party and one party only to vote for, that's the ABC Party (Anybody But Clinton). Go Obama! Go Ron Paul! The two best alternatives for America.

    February 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Sarah

    It's unfortunate that the nomination process is so markedly flawed, but I have faith that that will be resolved in future elections. This election has highlighted the problems because it is so close - in the past the process hasn't really mattered because the eventual winner was obvious early on.

    I am an Obama supporter, but I feel that Clinton and McCain are also thoughtful, intelligent, well-spoken, charismatic candidates. We should feel incredibly lucky to be able to choose among people that might actually be good presidents. I am proud of what this country is becoming after these difficult eight years. I hope my fellow readers of this column realize that bickering and joy in hate aren't going to help anybody.

    February 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. J Huntington, WV

    Want the truth??? Switch to MSNBC–Dan Abrhams, I might not always agree with him, but you get the truth. Kinda like CNN USE TO BE!!!

    February 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    This is going to get very messy.

    February 19, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Ron

    Obama is a good SPEAKER not a good DOER-He does not present solutions to America, but rather, states that we need to "change" America. He has not presented ANY concrete solutions to the problems that he wants to "change". IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO SAY THAT YOU WANT CHANGE-YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO DO IT...oh, and that comes with experience.

    Hilary '08!

    P.S. Deval Patrick (the governor of my state) had the same "inspirational" message of change-and he has been quite a dissapointment. Obama will follow his path, after all, he takes Deval's speeches.

    February 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Tyler

    Hillary is again thanking the media for this stupid idea. Now that its been reported by a mainstream network she can start to address the issue and then start up the machine again as she tries to do anything to win an election. Give it time, and she will make Chelsea pressure the pledged delegates as well.

    Which brings up the next point. Why would Obama waste his time trying to get pledged delegates to switch. He is already winning in pledged delegates his time is better spent wooing "supers" if hes going to woe anybody. Where as Hillary realizes she is completely screwed and needs to create any advantage possible, even at the risk of dividing her party.

    February 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. georgie

    go hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Chris

    This delegate stuff is creepy. What happened to one man, one vote? All of the delegates should keep their mouths shut and let the people decide.

    February 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Audacity of Hype

    Obama has fooled a number of other people he is the right man. Maybe he is but with not experience to test him and no record to check him we are rolling the dice with him. Instead we have a sure thing with Hillary, a proven leader. After Hillary serves her terms then we can know more about Obama for president.

    Dont gamble, vote for the real person Hillary.

    February 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Jazz

    Because it is not a winner take all system, neither candidate can reach the 2025 delegate count necessary to win the nomination with the remaining primaries and caucuses. Would that it were we did not know the results of the Michigan and Florida primaries, they would have broken the stalemate. The votes of the democratic party members should weigh more than the votes of republican leaning independents and republicans who are trying to strenghten the republican party's chances in November.
    And there's no law or rule against a three horserace in November.

    February 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Rao

    If Florida and Michigan are out; is the 2025 required for nomination take into account the reduced number of delegates?

    February 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Festus, Dallas TX

    Flipflopping contantly risks the trust and honesty the American public have in the Democrats. When you violate the law, you lose your right. States that violated the Party's laws have just lost their rights – period. Also, pledged delegates remain with their candidates(they have already voted) and unpledged delegates are not attached to any candidate(they have not voted yet), how such a simple English is creating some complicated semantics is just another product of flipflopping. Say something, mean it and live by it.

    February 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. LaMorris

    Ok.f both senator's Obama and Clinton agreed not to seat delegates from Michigan and Fla long before the race became this close. How dare Mrs Clinton want to seat them now., this was the parties choice. If senator Obama is ahead on pledge delegates and votes and Mrs Clinton gets the nomination, I will have no choice but to vote for Mr McClain.

    February 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Bill

    See Dems have this dilemma of their own making.

    On the one hand they want all these independents (and some republicans) an opportunity to vote in their primary.

    Then to "keep the faith" of the Democratic Party they use a tremendous number of super delegates. Now they are faced with the fact these delegates might decide the vote.

    Now to look like she won the popular vote Clinton's supporters start poaching.

    Don't think Obama supports aren't above poaching. But there are two kinds of Clinton supporters, Those who love her, and those that REALLY love her. And they might be tempted to see her win at any cost.

    Trouble is, people who think Clinton can beat McCain, are tearing apart the Democratic Party to see her first beat Obama.

    February 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. JC, Hot Springs, Arkansas

    If the delegates of Michigan and Florida aren't seated at the convention, might not the people of those great states be so hacked off that they vote Republican? If so, the Dems lose the big race.

    February 19, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Robert

    This Will Be A Mess for Us Dems. Go John McCain!

    February 19, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. SheWill

    on more thing.,dont forget how he won in Illinois when running for office. wasnt it a scandal going on with the republican candidate and he had to drop out? doesnt sound like he earned it on his own. now his campaign is trying to drum up anything they can with the clintions to win, because he cant win on his own merits..I dont trust someone who hides the truth when he cannot even admit the wrong his supporters are doing all over this country,. He has Supporter plants and reporter plants at their rallies, he has,radio stations stating clinton rallies are cancelled. How much is it going to take for you to realize that the Kool Aid hes is making you drink is tarnished with nothing but lies and deception so you cannot see past his inexperience to lead our country.

    February 19, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. CAHillaryFan

    It's a sad commentary/reflecton that our country's media treats Barack
    with kid gloves due to his mixed race background; but, Hillary is more that fair game as she is "just" a woman. Where's the respect that a woman deserves in this race. Shame, shame, shame ...! I'm proud to be a man that supports Hillary win or lose.

    February 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Alex Cerrone

    The Florida legislature which moved up the date of the primary election is controlled by Republicans. Why punish the voters in the Democratic primary for the action of the Republican legislature. It makes no sense ... Count all the votes!!!

    February 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. Will

    @Jack,
    So you're saying there's some sort of "vast right wing conspiracy" to ouster Senator Clinton? That sounds oddly familiar. I wonder where I've heard that before? Hmm... Obama 08!

    February 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Dave, Atlanta, GA

    You'd have to be extremely good to poach pledged delegates. If either candidate were that good, they'd have a majority of superdelegates by now.

    February 19, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Kristof

    Yes, We can

    February 19, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. LaMorris

    Ok. both senator's Obama and Clinton agreed not to seat delegates from Michigan and Fla long before the race became this close. How dare Mrs Clinton want to seat them now., this was the parties choice. If senator Obama is ahead on pledge delegates and votes and Mrs Clinton gets the nomination, I will have no choice but to vote for Mr McClain.

    February 19, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Dean

    ANy one notice CNN's bias. Next to the Political ticker link only Hillary Clinton •and John McCain is listed on the headline. Why isn't Barack Obama included?

    February 19, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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